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How do I become a Mediator?

You need to comply with the National Accreditation Board for Family Mediators (NABFAM) Standards, which is:

 

a) Provide proof of having met the following training requirements:

Training in an accredited mediation training course, with assessment and certification of his /her attendance and competence;

 

Every applicant for accreditation as a mediator must complete no less than 40 hours of training for the study of Mediation as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism, with a NABFAM accredited training organisation.In addition to the 40 hours of training, applicants are required to have completed training on Psychology and Family Law, with a NABFAM accredited training organisation.Applicants from a legal background will not be required to complete the additional training requirement in respect of Family Law.Applicants from a social sciences background will not be required to complete the additional training requirements in respect of Psychology.
 

b) Provide proof of having met the following practice requirements:

Participation in a minimum of at least 3 supervised mediation sessions; each session must be a minimum of 1 hour.

 

c) Be an accredited and paid up member with one or more member organisations of NABFAM.

 

d) In writing confirm that he/she:

 

i) Has not been convicted of any criminal offence against children and any other criminal offence in the past 2 years;
ii) Subjects him/herself to the Code of Conduct and Ethics, the complaints and disciplinary procedures of the accredited NABFAM member organisation(s) with which he/she is affiliated.

Where a Mediator has been trained through a training program that is not accredited by NABFAM, the mediator may apply for accreditation in one of the following ways:

 

a) Undergo training through a NABFAM accredited training program; or

b) If the Applicant is applying as an experienced Mediator specialising in family matters provide proof of:

  • 2 years’ experience as a mediator specialising in family matters

  • Having completed a minimum of 10 cases (at least 80 hours) with clients in the context of family matters;

  • Two Memoranda of Understanding or Agreements that the Applicant has written for his/her clients at the conclusion of the mediation process.

  • Two letters of reference from two NABFAM accredited mediators.

c) In writing confirm that he/she:

 

i) Has not been convicted of any criminal offence against children and any other criminal offence in the past 2 years;
ii) Subjects him/herself to the Code of Conduct and Ethics, the complaints and disciplinary procedures of the accredited NABFAM member organisation(s) with which he/she is affiliated.

SAAM & NABFAM accredited family mediation law courses

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What does NABFAM accreditation mean ? 

If a mediator is “NABFAM Accredited”, it means that the Practitioner:

 

  • Is a Mediator whose competency in the practice of mediation has been accredited according to National Accreditation Board for Family Mediators (NABFAM) standards through a NABFAM member organization, such as SAAM.

  • Has undergone approved training as a mediator/arbitrator.

  • Was independently assessed and found to be competent.

  • Has agreed to practice under supervision (and disciplinary processes) of a NABFAM Accredited Supervisor.

  • Has agreed to abide by the Code of Conduct of their member organisation and is subject to continued professional development requirements

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